REPORT: Bruce Maxwell Might Never Play In MLB Again After Kneeling During National Anthem

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September 2017, Bruce Maxwell made a huge statement during the Oakland Athletics’ game against the Texas Rangers when he became the first player in Major League baseball to actually kneel during the playing of the National Anthem.

He then followed that up with these comments about President Donald Trump, when he referred to kneeling football players as ‘sons of bitches’ who should be taken off the field and fired.

Fast forward to 2018 and the former Oakland Athletics catcher remains unsigned after Oakland let him go this winter and might not find work with a major-league organization again , sources told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Maxwell was arrested on assault & gun charges in 2017, about a month after the kneeling incident, but one major-league executive said it’s his kneeling that might keep him off a major-league field.

“It’s the kneeling thing that might keep him from getting another job, not the arrest,” one major-league executive told The Chronicle as the winter meetings wrapped up Thursday. “Owners aren’t going to want to deal with that whole anthem issue.”

“I just don’t see him as a fit for us,” an NL scout said. “He’s on the older side and there is too much baggage. He might have to play independent ball to try to work his way back.”

On top of all that, Maxwell fired his agent, Bay Area-based Matt Sosnick, on Thursday.

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